Transport Canada and Engineering CoC – A fine mess

January 29, 2018

Some engineer like myself have been putting off upgrading my Canadian Marine Engineering Certificate of Competency, my “CoC”, or “engineering license” / “ticket”, due to the fact the system had become cumbersome, and completely out of touch with reality. As signatory to the Standards of Training, Certification, Watchkeeping (STCW) convention of 1995, as amended in Manila, in 2010, Transport Canada (TC) agreed to update its licensing system to be in…

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USCG releases memo on El Faro

January 22, 2018

Dec.21, 2017 U.S. Coast Guard Headquarter WASHINGTON — The Coast Guard today released the Final Action Memo regarding the loss of the S.S. El Faro and its 33 crewmembers during a 2015 hurricane near Crooked Island, Bahamas. In the Final Action Memo, Commandant of the Coast Guard, Adm. Paul Zukunft, approves the findings of fact, analysis, and conclusions detailed in the Marine Board of Investigation’s Report of Investigation, essentially marking…

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Enhanced security and environmental awareness in KSA

January 1, 2018

St. John’s, NL – Rutter Inc. has announced the delivery of their sigma S6 Oil Spill Detection to a port in Saudi Arabia. Rutter’s system will be fully integrated by the port’s Vessel Traffic Service (VTS) provider to add environmental protection capabilities to their traffic management system. Rutter’s technology is currently being integrated into the system, with full deployment in 2018. “This order represents a forward-thinking mentality towards the detection…

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ABC’s Electric and Hybrid Propulsion System receives Bureau Veritas approval

November 19, 2017

Anglo Belgian Corporation, a leading European manufacturer of medium speed engines, has been issued with the Bureau Veritas approval and notations for its hybrid solutions. Now, with the hybrid system’s approval by major classification company Bureau Veritas, ABC is able to offer serial hybrid propulsion systems for workboats and, in collaboration with selected industrial partners, can serve as a one-stop shop for complete propulsion systems for its customers. The approval…

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Western Maritime Institute Launches Engine Room Rating Program

November 17, 2017

Program is First of its Kind in Western Canada Ladysmith, B.C. – November 17, 2017 – In response to the shortage of Marine Engineers in the Canadian and international marine industries, Vancouver Island based Western Maritime Institute has launched the first Transport Canada approved Engine Room Rating program in Western Canada. The 9-week program provides entry-level Marine Engineering training for people who have little to no previous marine experience, but…

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TC issues brief statement on SSB fiasco

November 16, 2017

I reached out to Transport Canada Media Relations for a statement on the Ship Safety Bulletin situation. Namely, were the Marine Engineering Certificate of Competency issued under the Ship Safety Bulletin 05/2017, still valid? I also asked about timeline of new guidelines (SSB) being issued, and what resources were made available to address the backlog of applications. I received a response a couple of days after asking. Being a government…

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Not so fast there !

November 14, 2017

It was a Tuesday morning; I was getting ready to ship out to sea, setting my affair in order when I received a call from the Transport Canada Marine Safety (TCMS) office. It had been almost two week since I had call to schedule a time where I might come in to discuss the likelihood that I could upgrade my Certificate of Competency (CoC), under the recently released STCW 2010…

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Digging St Clair

October 28, 2017

Thought I’d share a recent email I sent my young boys at home, wondering what I do “at sea”, on a dredger. This crew signed on in Toronto, almost two weeks ago. We then proceeded across lake Ontario to Port Weller, through the seaway locks, all eight of them, to “climb” the Niagara Falls. We crossed Lake Erie, east to west,  which was surprisingly rough this time, I felt like we…

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